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Shanahan’s running game hasn’t shown up in Washington

No one is doubting Clinton Portis’ effort this year. His pass blocking is among the league’s best as always. Heck, he even showed restraint on the radio Tuesday.

Unfortunately, he still looks well past his prime running the football.

Rick Maese of the Washington Post has a strong piece looking at the struggles of the Redskins running game as a whole. Mike Shanahan’s vaunted scheme has created only 107 yards in 40 attempts through two games, which is worst in the NFL.

With a 17-point lead on Sunday, the Redskins called only seven runs after halftime. You can’t blame Shanahan for the play-calling either. Donovan McNabb was rolling, and Washington picked up only 18 yards on 17 rushing attempts.

Portis’ burst appears a little better this year, but he has yet to be productive. Backup Larry Johnson is an afterthought with five carries. (For two yards.)

The Redskins defense is talented enough to keep them in the mix in a watered-down NFC East. But Mike Shanahan needs to help the running game look like his old Broncos teams rather than Kyle Shanahan’s ’09 Texans. If not, the Redskins can expect to blow more leads.